Tag Archives: Georgia

Hello; I’m From the European Council on Foreign Relations – I Hear You Have a Bridge For Sale.

Are you familiar with the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR)? No? Well, have a look at their website. Not to be a spoiler or anything, but let me quote briefly from it: “Inspired by the role American think tanks … Continue reading

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About That Batumi Miracle…

Hey, remember back when Al Jazeera was the object of loathing and fear in the USA? Bankrolled by the Emir of Qatar – a thriving democracy in the Middle East whose ruler has been a male member of the Al … Continue reading

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Under New Management – A Progress Report on Ivanishvili’s Georgia

“The show doesn’t go on because it’s ready. The show goes on because it’s time” Lorne Michaels On October 1st, 2012, it was time. And the show went on. The increasingly-autocratic and dysfunctional government of Mikheil Saakashvili was swept away … Continue reading

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The Moscow Times’ Latynina Blows Her Wheels: Next Stop, Bellevue?

As newspapers go, The Moscow Times is heavy on the outrage and light on the research. It employs a stable of colourful journalists, including Alexei Bayer – whose articles typically carry the byline “Alexei Bayer, a native Muscovite” although he … Continue reading

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Mikheil Saakashvili Channels His Inner Nixon

Once upon a time, posters were youth’s talisman against an ordinary life of mediocrity – large, colourful pictures decorating our walls which advertised not so much who we were as who we wished we were; the circles in which we … Continue reading

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Dancing With Delusion – Military Strategy 101 with Yulia Latynina

Everybody knows someone who is terrible at a particular hobby or chosen field of interest, but who stubbornly continues their pursuit of it in the face of considerable evidence that they have no aptitude for it. Motorhead and music, for … Continue reading

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The Pumpkin Sherbet Revolution: Stop Worrying About The Economy – You’re FREE!!!!

In order to best understand the underpinnings of the gestating “Snow Revolution” (sometimes called the “White Revolution”), we’re going to have to retrace our steps a little. Like most societies that regularly draw on their past for inspiration, western societies … Continue reading

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Don’t Get Me STARTed

The distinct possibility that the Republican-dominated (apparently, all it takes is one Republican for that situation to prevail) U.S. Senate may refuse to ratify the new START treaty negotiated by President Obama’s administration provoked a flurry of posts both for … Continue reading

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Will the Real Russian Foreign Policy Please Stand Up?

I admit it: I’m weak. I looked around a little for something to write about, went to The Power Vertical – hey! Robert Coalson appears no longer to be part of that cooperation. Yeah, I’m sure I could have found … Continue reading

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Reality: What a Concept!

It’s not often that I write in support of a particular article or post. In fact, it wouldn’t be inaccurate to say it’s pretty rare. Okay, okay, you’re right; I’ve never done it before, at least not in this forum. And … Continue reading

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